• R&D Research Project Leader

    Location US-MI-Carleton
    Strategy & Business Development
  • Overview

    Guardian is a diversified global manufacturing company, with leading positions in float glass and fabricated glass products for commercial, residential and transportation applications; automotive trim; and the distribution of building products. Guardian, its subsidiaries and affiliates employ 18,000 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Guardian Fabrication, a division within Guardian Glass, produces products for a variety of industries including architecture, transportation, appliances, and electronics. More at






    • Can quickly establish technical credibility and presence both internally and with customers.
    • Contributes to building a strong IP portfolio.
    • Depth of technical knowledge in at least one of the Guardian technology areas, as well as sufficient technical knowledge to be able to make sound technical decisions.
    • Identifies the critical technical problems /challenges. Good judgment in identification and selection of technical path and the appropriate depth of research needed for project success.


    Project Management:

    • Defines project goals and deliverables in alignment with business objective.
    • Ability to prioritize and set realistic timeframes for deliverables. Identifies risks and sets mitigation actions.
    • Leads across organizational boundaries. Collaborates with other functions as needed for total project success.
    • Balance high technical quality with the practicality of execution & timing. Understands when the details add value and when they do not.
    • Organizational skills - keeps the project team focused, tracks progress, and makes timely adjustments.
    • Ensures team members have clear written goals and objectives that are aligned with the project and agreed with the team member and his/her supervisor.
    • Understands and knows how to use supporting tools (i.e. project planning, risk mitigation, statistical etc).


    People Management:

    • Establishes an effective project team with competencies and depth needed for success.
    • Ability to motivate and influence individuals and teams. Timely management of conflict.
    • Coach, develop and give clear, direct, and timely feedback
    • Knows how and when to leverage resources from other parts of the organization.
    • Recognizes and is sensitive to cultural differences and knows how to manage these.



    • Knows who to communicate with as well as when and how much to communicate.
    • Ability to effectively construct and deliver direct and clear messages that are timely and appropriate for the intended audience, ensuring that messages are understood as intended.
    • Deliberately communicates project needs, challenges, decisions and proposed solutions to the appropriate people.
    • Ability to deliver and manage bad messages as well as good messages.



    • Takes ownership and responsibility for the project success. Drives project forward to results.
    • High level of personal motivation and accountability.
    • Engage effectively with all levels of the organization. Builds and maintains the relationships needed for effective communication and alignment.
    • Makes decisions that demonstrate good judgment and take into consideration the input of others.
    • Demonstrates the willingness and ability to make decisions and take risks without having 100% certainty.
    • Effectively deals with ambiguity from both a business and R&D perspective.
    • Ability to influence without authority.



    • Experience working on a customer focused or product development project where the outcome was successful (to learn what it takes to be successful).
    • Experience leading some aspects of a project (to have practiced some or all of the project management skills).
    • Experience with a failed project (to learn from failures).

    • Experience in a manufacturing plant (especially if process role)

    • Business/commercial experience.










    What do we have to offer?

    For more information about Guardian Industries Corp., visit us at

    Guardian Industries Corp. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  




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